Monday, 28 March 2011

It must be Spring.


The clocks have gained an hour, the sun has peeped out and the garden looks cheery with daffodils, hyacinths and primroses.
It must be Spring.

I don't know about you but with the slightly warmer days and more sunlight I always feel the need to spruce the house up a bit.  I have some longer term decorating plans for hubby but in the meantime I have made some fresh, cheery canvases.


I don't know if you can remember the decorating disaster of last year when we painted the hall duck egg blue but it wasn't really duck egg blue?  I had plans to have crafty projects hung on those walls but hadn't really found the right project.  So when i saw these three canvases in Wilkinsons I immediately hit on a plan to decorate them.


I dry brushed Ranger dabber paints in Willow and Pool with a brush over the canvases then when they were dry sprayed Cosmic Shimmers through a sun spray mask at intervals over the top. Next came a couple of Glimmer Mists over the top to tone it all down.  Gesso was smeared with fingers over the edges, stamped with lids from the dabbers and brushed through a number stencil. 


Papers were torn and stuck, overlaid with lace and pre-cut borders.  I then cut corrugated card with my Nestabilities dies, gessoed them and stuck a patterned smaller piece inside.  Random chipboard letters where covered in old dictionary paper and inked.  A few Martha Stewart butterflies with crystal trails fluttered their way over to finish.


I'm really pleased with them and think they brighten up the hall a treat.

10 comments:

  1. You have a real talent for layering on the paint and mists - I love to see it.

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  2. They are beautiful - thanks for sharing.

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  3. Beautiful Alana - love all the different effects and great words too :)

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  4. Beautiful - love that colour palette and all of the techniques that you have used. Very creative. Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. You'd pay a fortune for something like these in a shop - they're lovely.

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  6. These will look gorgeous hanging on your wall, i love the effect you've created with the mist and paints.

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  7. Looks gorgeous! The colours are very pretty.

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  8. They're gorgeous Alana, I think I need to get a bit more experimental with mists on mine :D

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  9. they are beautiful - I really like the sun.
    TFS.x.

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